Manila LGU launches ‘no contact apprehension’ of traffic law violators

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020   •   1133

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government has started to implement a “no-contact apprehension” of traffic law violators.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday (December 7) led the launching of the policy in an activity held at the intersection of Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila.

Under the policy, motorists will be fined P2,000 on first offense, P3,000 on second offense, and P4,000 on third offense if they are caught disobeying traffic control signs and signals, obstructing pedestrian lanes, driving on yellow box, over speeding, non-wearing of helmet for motorcycle riders, and disregarding lane markings.

The will also be meted out with penalties if they commit counterflowing, reckless driving, and non-wearing of seatbelts.

Domagoso said the program makes use of 36 high definition CCTV cameras installed in key locations in the city which are monitored 24/7.

“With NCAP [no-contact apprehension], panatag ako knowing that traffic violators are always caught and identified, especially sa gabi. Most importantly, even during typhoons or other similar situations, these cameras can function on their own,” the mayor said in a statement.

Motorists caught with violation will receive a formal notice, which will be sent within two weeks after the date of the alleged violation via registered mail.

Domagoso warned traffic violators that they cannot ignore the city’s notices, as non-payment or settlement of traffic violation fines would disallow the violator to renew their vehicles’ registration at the Land Transportation Office along with additional fines and penalties.

Nagtahan Flyover in Manila partially closed for repair

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Nagtahan Flyover in Manila will be partially closed for seven months as it undergoes rehabilitation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the flyover will be closed from October 2021 until April 2022 to undergo major repairs after cracks and defects were found on the bridge.

Trucks are prohibited from traversing the area, it added.

“Only one lane at a time shall be occupied and only light vehicles are allowed to pass on the flyover and the Nagtahan Service Road,” it said.

The MMDA said the bridge rehabilitation will be done in segments:

  • Segment 1 and 2: Northbound (R. Magsaysay to G. Tuazon) within two months
  • Segment 3: Southbound (G. Tuazon to R. Magsaysay Area) within 1.5 months
  • Segment 4 and 5: Northbound (EARIST to R. Magsaysay Blvd. area) within 2 months
  • Segment 6: Southbound (R. Magsaysay to EARIST area) within 1.5 months

The MMDA advised vehicles going north to take Osmeña Highway, right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Ave. Ext., left to U.N Ave., right to Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd, and Roxas Blvd. to destination.

Meanwhile, vehicles going Southbound may take A. Bonifacio Ave., right to C3, R-10, to their destination, it added.

The MMDA said the rehabilitation of the bridge will address the big cracks at its abutment wall and railing, loose steel enclosure of retrofitting on its piers, and rusting steel enclosure of retrofitting at several piers.

The repair also seeks to avoid untoward incidents that the bridge might cause to motorists and other road users.

Kabayan Noli de Castro withdraws senatorial bid for 2022

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran journalist Noli de Castro on Wednesday announced that he is withdrawing his senatorial bid for the 2022 national and local elections.

De Castro’s latest decision comes less than a week after announcing his candidacy.

“Nitong mga nakaraang araw, taimtim kong pinag-isipan ang desisyong pagbalik bilang isang mambabatas,” Kabayan Noli said in his statement.

“Ang nag-udyok sa akin ay ang hangaring muling bigyan ng boses sa Senado ang ating mga kababayan, lalung-lalo na ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino, na ang tanging hangarin ay mabuhay ng maayos, payapa, at may dignidad sa gitna ng pandemya,” he added.

De Castro said, that despite his decision to withdraw, his dream and aspiration for the country are still intact.

He said he can still be of help to the people in giving them a voice by remaining to be a broadcast practitioner.

“Binibigyang diin ko po, hindi nagbabago at magbabago ang ating layunin at hangad para sa bayan,” he said.

“Patuloy tayong magiging boses ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa panahong katulad nito na ang boses na iyon ay nalulunod sa ingay ng pulitika at paggamit ng kapangyarihan para sa sariling interes ng iilan.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko Moreno, whom De Castro thanked for his support, said he respects the former vice president’s decision.

“In truth, when my team was convincing him to run once more for the Senate, he contemplated on it for a long time. We respect his decision to forego his re-entry into national politics, and wish him well because we know that he will continue to have the best interests of our people, as the Pambansang Kabayan, in his heart,” Moreno said.

Aksyon Demokratiko chairperson, Ernest Ramel, added that De Castro will continue to be a member of Aksyon Demokratiko.

“We will continue to consult with him having vast experience in public service and his dedication to the welfare of the Filipinos. We are saddened by his decision but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” he said. —/mbmf

Manila public, private cemeteries closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—Public and private cemeteries in Manila City will be temporarily closed from October 29 to November 3.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Executive Order No. 33 ordering the temporary closure of public and private memorial parks, cemeteries, and columbaries. These include the Manila North Cemetery, Manila South Cemetery, and Manila Muslim Cemetery among others in relation to this year’s Undas.

The executive order states that only interment and cremation services for non-COVID 19 cases shall be allowed subject to the strict observance of minimum public health standards and social distancing.

Failure to comply with the said order shall lead to the revocation of mayor and business permits. AAC

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